Owen began his professional practice with KMCM and FRC design studio, where he focused on high-end residential landscape and public landscape projects. He soon emerged as a talented designer in both firms before moving to Illinois in 2013 to pursue a Master degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. During his graduate study, he received the ASLA Honor Award, Illinois Chapter for excellence in designing Vermillion riverfront landscape for the City of Danville.
Owen relocated to the Monterey peninsula in 2015 and soon fell in love with its robust coastal landscape. Owen and Michael were colleagues at Bernard Trainor + Associates, where he gradually honed his skills in residential landscape design under Michael’s guidance. After years of collaboration, Owen has developed as an invaluable member of the team, both in design and overall direction of studio operations. Owen is well studied in the history of classical Asian gardens. He has published articles in garden history and garden accessories which explore historical and philosophical contexts of human nature. Owen’s work in the area has cultivated a passion for outdoor furniture design. His eye for detail, composition, and sense of place are well showcased in his custom work for site-specific furnishings.